May chiropractic physicians perform microdermabrasion?
Yes, so long as they do not use a light emitting device, including but not limited to Class 3b and Class 4 laser, intense pulsed light, radiofrequency and medical microwave devices. Chiropractic physicians are permitted to use devices that cannot cut, excise, burn or vaporize the skin.
Additionally, the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act allows cosmetologists and estheticians to perform procedures on the stratum corneum layer of the skin. The ICS believes regulators would use this language as guidance that would permit a chiropractic physician to perform microdermabrasion to the stratum corneum layer of the skin, because it does not cut, excise, burn, or vaporize skin.